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The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Tiverton, EX15 2NT +44 1884685931

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A very friendly welcome followed by excellent and very attentive waiting staff. Food, as ever, was delicious.

Paul Herbert 22 May 2017
from Bridport

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A grade II-listed former farmhouse, The Five Bells Inn is a rustic country pub in the heart of Devon. Dating back to the 16th-century, Five Bells is a beautiful thatched Tudor building with whitewashed walls and a leafy, tranquil garden.

Vintage British character is offset by ultra-modern seasonal cuisine on The Five Bells menu. Pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, cumin and lemon thyme precede chump of Dartmoor lamb with parsnip, rosemary and ramson, while the pub champions a 1-pot cooking method in which whole chickens are pan-roasted and served in the pan at the table for sociable group dining.

Devon pub The Five Bells Inn retains its historic character with chunky Tudor roof beams and a 20th-century bar top. Modern comforts like chic slate flooring and televisions broadcasting live rugby complete the Five Bells interior, whilst the garden is awash with the colour of hanging baskets and pristine flower arrangements.

Country hideaway The Five Bells Inn is a 15-minute drive from junction 28 of the M5, and about half an hour from Exeter.

The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Tiverton, EX15 2NT

Contact +44 1884277288
Reservations +44 1884685931

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4.6 (((() (based on 200 reviews)
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  • al fresco (32)
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  • ((((( 29 May 2017 by Perry Simpson from Cardiff

    My wife called in for Sunday Lunch on our way home from Torquay. It was not the easiest place to locate, but thanks to our sat nav we negotiated the bye lanes without too much trouble!! The effort was more than worthwhile as we thoroughly enjoyed a most enjoyable meal. The staff were welcoming and helpful and the whole ambience was hop rate.

  • ((((( 28 May 2017 by Pauline Harding from Sampford Peverell

    Quick ,easy, booking.Service and food excellent. Seating was a little cramped.

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Paul Herbert from Bridport

    A very friendly welcome followed by excellent and very attentive waiting staff. Food, as ever, was delicious.

  • ((*** 16 May 2017 by Charles Hunter from Dawlish

    Disappointing ! Starter (duck pate) was great .Roast beef was rather tough and veg looked cooked but was almost raw and unpleasant.Pudding was salted caramel which was very small -just as well as it was spoiled by having coarse salt grated all over it. Its unlikely we will go there again. Shame because as it is in such a lovely spot and the building and gardens are great.

  • ((((* 14 May 2017 by Jean Jones from Honiton

    A very enjoyable meal

  • ((((( 14 May 2017 by Sheila Sillick from Prestwood

    We had a delicious lunch at the Five Bells yesterday. Fresh asparagus with poached duck egg and hollandaise, followed by local hogget. My fellow lunchers also thoroughly enjoyed their chosen dishes on this, our second visit to the restaurant. The service was charming and friendly and its situation in the heart of the Devon countryside is beautiful.

  • ((((* 11 May 2017 by Sandra Dennis from Cullompton

    We liked the warm crusty bread and butter which is brought while waiting for the starter. My husband enjoyed the duck scotch egg starter and we both liked the plaice goujons and chips for our main course. The wine is good and reasonably priced.

  • (((** 10 May 2017 by Colin Bennett from Exeter

    We have been to the Five Bells on a number of occasions and have always been impressed by the quality of the food and drink, and the reasonable prices for the high level of cooking. We have extolled its virtues to all our friends and aquaintances.
    We were disappointed on our latest visit to be confronted by a slimmed down and less inspiring menu, and one of our meals was unsatisfactory. This was due to the Cottage Pie being served at a temperature which rendered it inedible and which we solved by requesting a separate plate to cool it down. We were offered a reduced bill, which was appreciated.
    We are now not inclined to return to what was our favourite local restaurant.

  • ((((( 3 May 2017 by Aysha from London

    We had the duck and plaice goujons as mains, after sharing the scotch egg starter. My favourite was the starter as I don't normally like scotch eggs. It was fresh and lively with excellent piccalilli.

  • ((((( 24 April 2017 by Roger Hill from Honiton, United Kingdom

    Food and service were excellent

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